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for you. thanks so much for being with us here on "rick's list." we'll continue to give you as much information as we can. tonight the primetime edition of "rick's list." i'm rick sanchez. here is wolf blitzer. >>> thanks very much, rick. happening now a fiery president obama using tough, new rhetoric to describe opposition he is facing here in washington and around the country saying and i'm quoting the president right now, they talk about me like a dog. plus the mid term campaign season plowing full speed ahead. just as new polling reveals even more potential trouble for democrats come november. we're tracking the most heated races in the country with the best political team on television. we'll go live to the cnn election express. and a top u.s. military official in afghanistan issues a stern new warning. why he says the safety of american troops, young men and women, on the ground in afghanistan, right now, could be at risk if americans start burning the koran. >>> we're only a few weeks away from an election that could change the political balance of power in the country. with
is going to break it down for us. what do these plans do with all that money? >> first off, the $50 billion infrastructure program would rebuild or build 150,000 miles of road, 4000 miles of railroad track, 115 miles of airport runways. essentially, that would be paid for with taxes on the oil and gas industries. it's a six-year program, no new jobs created immediately, and much of the criticism is that it is essentially a payoff to the unions. there is a second plan to be unveiled tomorrow, the "wall street journal" saying that this is a $200 billion plan, $200 billion worth of tax breaks for businesses. it would speed up the writeoff, for example, bill, you spend $10,000 on a computer right now, and immediately, that $10,000 comes off your business income, taxable business income. overall, no new jobs created immediately, some say that this is the president scrambling because his polls on the economy are looking very, very bad, and both of those plans would require a vote in congress, which is not likely. bill: wow, so here we are, post labor day. i can't think of a bigger issue in the co
. >> they'll join us towards the end of the show. in the meantime, we start with the fox news alert because a deadly helicopter crash overnight leaving nine servicemen dead. it's unclear if any of the dead are americans. according to nato, four others were hurt including an american civilian. the crash happened in a province that's a taliban strong hold. the f.b.i. on its way to fort bliss, texas now where a gunman shot two women at a convenience store. the women believed to be clerks are being treated at a local hospital. military police shot the gunman dead. we don't know the identity of the shooter just yet. congress delaying a vote now on a bill to give $7.4 billion to first responders who got sick after the attacks of september 11th. a vote was expected this week but republicans objected to senator harry reid's addition of two amendments including the dream act that provides amnesty to illegal immigrants. those are your headlines. amnesty not to all illegal immigrants but to students who go to college or those who enter the military and here for five years. >> i believe senator hatch c
in the economy especially being maybe a poor stimulus. here is your chance toway in. host: you can join us off email at journal c-span.org. on twitter, go to c-span wj. we are taking your thought this is morning from the "new york times" business section. it says inside, the current is so appealing that many embrace them as an economic cure all. suggesting that tax cuts have limited ability to bolster a flagging economy. the non-partisan budget office analyze the affect of the policy and found that extending the tax cuts would reduce that employment. host: we'd like to hear from you tax cuts may be poor stimulus. a lot of discussions around tax cuts center around the cuts placed under george w. bush's administration that are set to expire in 2011. there's a large section at least giving advice on how to prepare. how is how tax rates would change. in 2011, if congress fails to act on this measure about the cuts expiring. the top income tax rate goes to 39.6%. top dividend tax rate goes to 39.6%. capital gains goes to 20% from 15%. no top estate tax rate now, that would rise to 55%. those are so
a florida church wants to burn copies of the koran. before you say anything, the u.s. commander in afghanistan says it's a terrible idea that could put our troops in harm's way. with the end of ramadan, just days away, with that celebration could come on the very same day as the anniversary of 9/11 that could change how american-muslims celebrate. >>> also, the am fix blog is up and running. we've love for you to weigh in. join a live conversation by going to cnn.com/amfix. >>> let's begin, though, with the election. eight weeks away. republicans gaining, the economy sliding along with the democrats at this point. it's looking like a long uphill climb for the president and democratic party. 56 days remain until the midterm elections. >> yeah. and it's been a rough start for democrats. we take a look at our new cnn opinion research poll released just moments ago, suggested that republicans may be winning the confidence when it comes to handling the economy. a pretty stunning reversal of what we've seen in other polls. with 46% favoring the gop. 43% backing the democrats. the pres
the vice-president for foreign and defense policy studies. thanks a for joining us today. we are very proud to have senator lindsey graham here today. he will give a short talk this morning or this afternoon which will be followed by a session of "q&a" with the audience. after that, we will do a short and sweet roundtable, something we have not done in the past. no set piece presentations. i am pleased that we are able to have senator graham ought back here. he has really given it back one of the most interesting and well received talks here in many years last time he spoke. he has a very illustrious resume which is online at for you to read and its full form. he served for 6.5 years as an active duty air force lawyer. after leaving the air force in 1989, he joined the south carolina air national guard where he served until his election to the house of representatives in 1994. he serves as the south carolina state in the house of representatives since 2003. he was called to active duty in the first gulf war. he continues to serve in the reserves. he recently returned from reserve duty in af
. >> all right. listen. a pleasure. sorry for the brief time. that does for us. i'm dylan ratigan and "hardball" is up right now. >>> no boehner. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews up in new york. leading off tonight, beating up on boehner. president obama and the democrats are facing a possible massacre come november 2nd, so today the president finally did what so many of us have been begging him to do. he went on offense. he gave a name and a face to the republican just say no obstructionism. wannabe speaker john boehner. he called out boehner and the gop for doing nothing but root for failure. he reminded us what makes democrats different than republicans. in short, he reminded us why we elected him in the first place. this is the kind of performance by the president we're going to see apparently every day from the democrats if they are going to stay into power. >>> plus, secretary of state hillary clinton, general petraeus and even the vault can are now calling on pastor terry jones to abandon his plan to burn korans on september 11th, but the florida
.1 billion dollars in aid to state governments. those bills left us with 9.6% unemployment. somehow the president thinks spending 50 billion dollars more is going to turn the economy around. joining me with analysis from the fox business network, host of varney & company, stuart varney and dana perino. dana, my critics talk about me like a dog. >> yeah, even listening to that again, it reminds me of when you watch figure skating on television and you watch somebody fall. and it makes you wince and you feel bad for them. that's how i feel when i watch that. >> sean: why? >> because presidents should expect criticism. you know the saying never let them see you sweat? he's letting people know his critics are getting to him. there's part of me that wonders now that he's realized that governing is much harder than campaigning or than being a critic would he want to amend any of his words that he used to describe president bush or that he continues to describe president bush. unfortunately for him the tone seemed very under presidental. >> sean: i thought i would hear howard dean scream r
, and so the voter is putting the best possible face on their vote here, so why -- they tell us that the bush policies were unpopular. in fact, it is the second most unpopular attitude for a congressional candidate to have. >> so they are being optimistic, a rosy scenario of republicanism. >> correct. it's the same thing that barack obama benefited from in 2008. >> wow. >> people put the most positive -- independents thought he's going to be a moderate. liberals thought he would be the great liberal. they became the hope candidate and many ways this idea of a new republican congress, voters are being hopeful, even if they haven't seen any hard evidence to prove it otherwise. >> you know, chuck, it's like one of those old santa claus masks that used to be in the store windows that always seemed to be looking at you, you know, when you're walking by. that guy is with me. >> give me that toy. >> john heilemann, the same question to you. do you take the same view that when people, voters are saying, oh, they are not going back to their old ways. they have whole new republican approa
finally did what so many of us have been begging him to do. he went on offense. he gave a name and a face to the republican "just say no" obstructionism. wannabe speaker john boehner. he called out boehner and the gop for doing nothing but root for failure. he reminded us what makes democrats different than republicans. in short, he reminded us why we elected him in the first place. this is the kind of performance by the president we're going to see apparently every day from the democrats if they are going to stay into power. >>> plus, secretary of state hillary clinton, general petraeus and even the vatican are now calling on pastor terri jones to abandon his plan to burn korans on september 11th, but the florida pastor is not backing down. tonight, i'm going to ask a pastor at jones' church if his colleague is willing to take thç heat when his protests air on tv sets in every middle east cafe inflaming muslim extremists and perhaps well endangering the lives of americans. >>> also, the professional left has been gunning for rahm emanuel and may get its wish if he leaves to run for mayo
is by former u.s. attorney general michael mukasey. again, president obama will have an announcement this afternoon in the white house rose garden. we will have coverage at 1:30 p.m. eastern. until then, an author who has written a book critical of the obama administration. ng this friday, september 17, david limbaugh returns. his latest book is called "crimes against liberty: an indictment of president barack obama." as with the start -- start our discussion, for an author, had a new spirit of the lettuce nonfiction best-seller list. "the new york times" as the book and a number one spot, the second week on the list. "wall street journal" nonfiction, number two. and the combined list of fiction and nonfiction books at "usa today" #28, moving up and not -- #30. why is is selling so well? guest: i think it is resonating. people in america are very scared about what is going on about the bankrupting spending the federal government is doing and the destruction of our liberties and the assaults of individual liberties and assaults on the states, the war against the state, how president o
this is a letter we got from maxim u.s. we're federal services. experts on appeals. medicare hired us to review this file and decide if the partd plan made the correct decision. we work for medicare. we do not work for part-d plan. we appealed and my wife won wholly. so the administrative law judge process. maxim u.s. has appealed that a decision and they say according to the term medically accepted indication includes only fda uses and those off dated uses supported by citation on one of the listed drugs. more over, medically accepted indication does not including treating physician testimony or proffer of medical efforts showing a drug as prescribed effectively treats the condition for which it's being used. converse easily could have included expert testimony as a source material for determining medically accepted uses if he wanted to do so. instead congress by reference to a drugs fda label and expert opinions in one of several drug. accordingly. medical accept the use is not the same as medically necessary. >> i would like to, we worked on issues like that so. we could be of help to you.
to kill us. that's after the hate e-mails pored into them. and folks who say the flight 93 memorial in pennsylvania resembles the islamic crescent. the outrage. the justice department currently investigating anti muslim incidents in at least five u.s. cities. whether it's muslims, blacks, gay people, jews, you pick it. history shows when americans or any group of people are down on their luck, they tend to lash out with violence. they tend to try to find the boogeyman the least like they are to blame for it. politicians happy to help. take a look at unimemployment over the last 40 years in the country. now look at the same graph with a crime rate plotted. when unemployment goes up, so too do things like crime or, for that matter, social hate. now experts are in fear 2010 is preparing to show a speak needily following the one we saw following 9/11 in 2001. disenfranchisement with both political parties. they are crushing the country for your benefit by controlling your government. why do americans pick innocent scapegoats, random muslims of the world for their anger, instead of rejec
political career advancement. tells you all you need to know. that does it for us tonit. we will see you again tomorrow night. >>> new blood. let's play "hardball." >> good evening. i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight, shakeup. mayor daley of chicago started the chain reaction. he's not running for re-election. rahm emanuel, the president's chief of staff, wants his job. the announcement from chicago comes as president obama faced the worst poll numbers ever in our latest nbc news/purge poll. this is the moment when a tough hardball manager makes his move. this is the time when the general manager, in this case the president, does what he sees more than anybody needs to be done, the team's losing. he can still salvage the season. shakeup time, big time. i recommend he get hillary clinton in as his chief of defense to toughen up the security and move middle east talks to a higher level and then brings in a real heavyweight to run the white house, to serve as the government's chief operating officer. how about new york mayor michael bloomberg? how about colin
'll read your-mails during mfrp news you can't use" on "morning joe" which starts right now. >>> i don't think health care is driving this election, david. i think economy is driving this election. people have anxiety about that economy. i'll tell you what -- >> then why did you do health care and spend so much of last year on health care? >> they don't want -- well, you know why we worked on health care? because health care was a huge -- is and was a huge problem in this country. >> yet democrats are not campaigning on it because it's so polically toxic. you said that wouldn't be the case. you said it would get more popular, not less. >> i think that health care overtime is going to become more popular. >>> welcome to "morning joe." happy monday. mika, that's what i keep thinking about myself. >> what this. >> that one day, one day i'm going to get more popular. my mom tells me. >> you're so popular. you're the most popular boy in school. >> no, my mom says i'm not because they're jealous of me. one day, like health care reform -- >> 21st century is only 10% over. >> that's right, tha
. thanks for joining us. >> apparently i stole an irish phrase when i said top of the morning. >> how dare she steal top of the morning? i should give you the rights to say that. thank you, you have the right to say it. >> i should come up with a swedish phrase. >> for today call me patio furniture. that will be my nickname. >> how do we say fox news alert in irish? we have to begin with the headlines and fox news alert. u.s. and iraqi forces confirming that four suspected terrorists escaped from a prison in baghdad. all four men with ties to al-qaida were facing the death penalty. uh-oh! they're being held in the u.s.-controlled portion of tar kwu e prison, only one still under u.s. military control look at this video out of texas. those are cars peeking out of the floodwater. the remnants of tropical storm hermine, hermine, ok, being blamed for two deaths, unfortunately, there and forcing more than 100 high water rescues and some great video out of oklahoma where at least three tornadoes were reported. power lines knocked down because of the heavy winds and the rain there. four people a
next to us and then ours was third to go. >> the area is very steep and rugged. it could take several days to get that fire under control. illegal immigrants who cannot get into the u.s. by land coming by sea? authorities just arrested 20 mexicans at san clemente state beach in originange county, california. one woman broke her leg jumping from the boat. meanwhile, the daredevil known as skyscraper man is at it again. dan goodwin climbed up the 58-story millennium tower using suction cups. >> crazy. >> some residents even toasted his climb as they watched him through the windows of their luxury apartments? it's great entertainment really. he was arrested after he reached the top. he calls himself spider dan appropriately raising awareness of the vulnerability of skyscrapers to terror attacks. > >> thing is you get tired of waiting for the elevators with suction cups and then at the last minute will come down. >> meanwhile, president obama detailing his latest idea to jump-start the economy and create jobs with a $50 billion infrastructure spending free and tomorrow the president will
, whether they actually believe there's a moral equivalency there or they don't and they're using it for political purposes. either way, whichever it is, this is not just bad domestic politics for the president, and it is and they know it, for a variety of reasons, including it takes him off the economy and divides him from democrats, which is a big problem on a range of issues, but i almost resist talking about this as a political issue. this is a national security crisis. both of these issues are. you have general petraeus getting involved in a domestic matter of the first amendment issue shows the extraordinary extent to which people in the military are -- men and women overseas think this is a big enough deal, and to have it to be brought into domestic politics and inflamed by republicans, again, out of principle, maybe, out of political purposes maybe, whatever the reason is really a national and international tragedy. and unfortunately the president, for a variety of reasons, is too weak on his own to deal with it. >> i think you're right. howard? >> well, sitting in the pre
-tongued rhetoric which dragged us into it. a lot of people thought it was a good idea and yet now conveniently within britain and many other countries it's blamed on this george bush and his cleverred-tonged mood until tony blair. think think he wants to say, no i was a bigger figure than that. >> rose: also from london, an old friend of this program, john burns now the london bureau chief of the "new york times". >> we were perhaps transfixed by the relief would come to iraq with the overthrowing of saddam and yes maybe we should have spent more time difficult as it would have been under saddam to look at the trauma, the psychological trauma inflicted on iraq by the ba'ath party and saddam over a period of 30 years. all of that it can accept. if i had to do it over again i would have looked at that because it was the fractured pitch thatter that society in part along with saddam terror overground as government going underground as an insurgency that made the american venture in iraq next to impossible to achieve. >> couric: from london john and john when we come back. captioning sponsored by
goodness it's fox. thanks for joining us. we got three complete hours of newscasting that starts now. >> yeah, during rehearsal, it went well. hopefully it will go just as well during the live show. >> all right. breaking news overnight because this is happening in virginia. a woman has been executed for the first time in almost 100 years. theresa lewis was convicted in 2003 of plotting the murder of her husband and stepson. she apparently wanted their insurance money. she died by lethal injection. lewis' final words were for her stepdaughter. >> miss lewis did make a last statement. she said i just want kathy to know i love her. and i'm very sorry. >> protesters were outside the prison arguing that lewis was treated unfairly, apparently he was very close to the i.q. line where you're not supposed to get executed. police trying to figure out who killed a nicaraguan diplomat in his apartment in the bronx here in new york. he was found on the floor. his throat had been slashed. this just hours before he was scheduled to attend the u.n. general assembly. witnesses say there was a figh
" exclusive. we are going to introduce you to one of osama bin laden's brothers in arms. he'll take us inside pre-9/11 meetings, where he says he told osama bin laden not to attack the united states. now this man, noman benotman, has written an open letter to bin laden, urging him to recognize that his strategy of terrorism has failed. also, what in the world is happening in cuba? is fidel ready to declare the revolution over? but first, a terrific "gps" panel with cnn's new primetime anchor, kathleen parker, french philosopher extraordinaire bernard-henri levi, and others. we'll tackle u.s. politics, middle east peace, iran, and much more. finally, a last look. fighting poverty one step at a time. let's get started. >>> to discuss all of the news from this week both at home and abroad we have one of our star-studded "gps" panels. kathleen parker is the anchor of cnn's new show "parker spitzer," which debuts two weeks from tomorrow. she's also one of america's most widely syndicated columnists. bernard-henri levi is france's best known, some people would say most notorious intellectual and ph
face to face for peace talks in washington, beginning of a year long process. doug lazader joins us from washington, d.c. what kind of start did we get off to yesterday? is there any peace yet? >> well, there's peace at the white house. there will be peace around the table today, let's hope anyway. these talks are going to last a few hours. everyone at this point seems to be saying the right things but the details are where this process typically begins to fall apart. now, all of the major players did gather last night peacefully at the white house for this dinner. they're starting the gathering standing side by side. you see the president walking up to the podium. president obama was flanked by all the key players in mideast peace calling for the israeli and palestinian leaders to set aside their differences. >> we must ask, do we have the wisdom and the courage to walk the path of peace? >> well, the answer is not so easy. especially in the wake of two attacks this week on israelis carried out by hamas. still, the process moves forward with the goal of creating a palestinian sta
do in the general election? i love election years. that does it for us tonight. keith olbermann starts right now. that does it for us. good night. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow. the midterms and the party of the rich versus the party of everybody else? all hell breaks loose in the gop when john boehner hints he might vote for tax cuts that don't include tax cuts for the top 2%. >> the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for them. >> john has had to walk that back so far that the gop now says it will vote against, might even filibuster against tax cuts for the poor, middle class, and slightly well off if there aren't also cuts for daddy warbucks. and they're even talking about another government shutdown if they take the house. and, by the way, the federal deficit under the first full fiscal year is down. it's down by 8%. the federal deficit is down by 8%. it would seem as if you could make enough out of this and the tax cuts for the rich to save the midterms. we'll ask obama campaign manager david plum. newt g
a different path. so the voter is putting the best possible face on their vote here they tell us the bush policies were unpopular. the second most unpopular atrabt for a congressional candidate to have. it's the same thing barack obama benefitted from in 2008. well, he's going to be a moderate. liberals thought he would be the great liberal. they became sort of -- they became the hope candidate in many ways. even if they haven't seen hard evidence to prove otherwise. >> it's like an old santa claus mask that always seemed to be looking at you when you're walking by. he's with me. that guy is with me. i want that. john heilemann, do you take the same view? when voters are saying they're not going back to their old way, they have a new approach. less spending, less taxes the real conservative stuff, the gold. >> i think another piece of the polling in the nbc poll that talked about how when people were asked directly are you voting against president obama or voting for the republicans? more of them said they were in favor of the republicans. they were saying this is a positive affirmative v
on colbert. how about that? >> good morning. on the set with us this thursday morning, national political correspondent for new york magazine john heilemann. >> hi. >> who is the author of "game change." let me just say he feels like talking this morning. >> he does. >> okay? and then we have got msnbc political analyst harold ford jr. who is the author of owner more daves than goliaths." you had a party last night. >> look at the flowers harold brought. >> it was two nights ago. those are the ones from digger. >> those are from a grave. that's right. did you ever try that? >> huh-uh. >> what digger does? he takes flowers off of graves and gives them to girls. >> my family is in the funeral business. we would call that bad form. >> maybe just a tad bit. >> that's how he got dates in college. he said he would get flowers from the funeralhome. >> okay. it's not right. >> bless his hard. >> also with us in washington msnbc political analyst pat buchanan. >> patrick! >> good morning. >> happy fall. how are you doing? >> doing just fine. >> the pat is back. >> the pat is back. >> i've missed h
! >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thank you for watching us. o tonight. the usa once again under threat from the muslim world. that's the subject of the talking points. and cnn, abdu ralph is warning america that violence may break out if the ground zero mosque ir not built. >> if we don't do this right, anger good explode in the muslim world.s if this n is not handled correctly, this crisis couldecom become much bigger than the danish cartoon crisis. and wee have a much larger footprint in the muslim world. if we don't hand emthe crisis correctly, it could become something that could heal become very, very, very dangerous. >> that sounds ominous, does it not? i don't think he meant to threaten us but the warning he's broadcasting could be a self pro filling prophesy. they have whipped up folks in afghanistan, people who have know idea what the mosque controversy is all about. how do i know that? many afghans can't read, many don't have d electricity. so theon delivery of news in tht nation is in the hands of the prop beganna. and he may now understand that. >> if i knew this would happen,i
with no name, newt gingrich is with us. welcome back. >> good to be with you. >> sean: nobody wants to be seen with barack obama. nobody wants to be seen with nancy pelosi. more democrats are running ads against health care than for health care this is about a republican civil war, if you listen to the media. >> the news media will do everything it can for the next 47 days to try to talk about anything except 9.6% . -- unemployment. trillions in debt. disaster of the democratic party's health bill. the failure of the democratic either in the gulf of mexico with the bp oil disaster. the elite media will try turn every return right, if republicans are still standing on election day whether it is christine o'donnell or it is angle in nevada or it is rand paul in kentucky or you name it, they are gonna win. and they are gonna win for a simple reason. the obama democrats have been grinding the economy into the dust. leaving americans unemployed. we just had the highest number in poverty released today. i think in years. we have the highest number of -- >> sean: one in seven americans in poverty now
] >> you work for us. >> bill: and the naacp says it's now going to monitor the tea party for racist activities. we'll talk with the spokesman for that civil rights group. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone. the factor begins right now. ♪ i'm bill o'reilly, thank you for watching us tonight. the u.s.a. once again under threat from the muslim world. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. speaking on cnn, imam fiesel, abdul is warning that the violence may break out if the ground zero mosque is not built. >> if we don't do this right, anger will explode in the muslim world. if it is not handled correctly, this crisis could become much bigger than the danish cartoon crisis, which resulted in a attacks on danish embassies and muslim world and we have a much larger footprint in the muslim world. if we don't handle this crisis correctly, it could become something which could really become very, very, very, very dangerous. >> the warning is he broad broadcasting could be a self-fulfilling prophecy. already anti-muslim agitators whipped up in afghanistan.
, as long as you include everyone with me. >> in addition to sergeant giunta, there are 100,000 u.s. military heroes in afghanistan, another 50,000 in iraq, and another 5,693 heroes have been killed. thanks for watching "state of the union." i'm candy crowley in washington. for our international viewers "world report" is next. for everyone else "fareed for everyone else "fareed zakaria gps" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> this is "gps," the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world. i'm fareed zakaria. last sunday i talked about the ninth anniversary of 9/11. this week we mark the second anniversary of the collapse of lehman brothers. now, there's been lots written about whether this was a bigger turning point than 9/11 and of course whether it was a huge blunder. but i wanted to focus on the month after the collapse of lehman brothers, when washington, incredibly, actually worked. let's remember what happened in those weeks. it was pretty grim. credit came to a standstill. banks simply stopped lending. companie
word. >> one we should all use today. >> like turning starbucks products into gold. >> or sand. >> i think it is. another great story from the west coast we will be talking about in a little bit. bill clinton, somehow managing to get right smack-dab in the middle of that california gubernatorial campaign. he's not even trying. this guy, jerry brown and bill clinton, these guys just hate each other and impacting that race. >> here's my guess, although bill clinton is now in the middle of that race spiritually, my guess is physically, corporately, he may not be at jerry brown's side campaigning on his behalf before november 2nd. >> jerry brown, i forgot this, he refused to endorse bill clinton in 1992, after clinton had locked down the nomination. >> it's true. >> jerry brown, the first guy to bring up whitewater. jerry brown, a guy that bill clinton, just to set the back story, remember the '92 debate, where clinton gets read -- how dare you attack my wife? before we get to the news. >> it's primary day -- >> hold on. i got you guys some gifts, really quickly. >> oh. >> tuscaloosa. th
for that news conference to begin. jim, if you would, give us a sense of the scene at this hour? >> reporter: sure, here at the command center for the fire, people are apprehensive for the weather today. yesterday a firefighters called it a gift, cool and humid. today, not so lucky. dry and a real chance winds could pick up later this afternoon. they are trying to make progress and try to contain it before it happens. several subdivisions opening to areas evacuated but not burned. the real heart of the fire, people not allowed back. people are restless but authorities don't want anybody up there until they feel it's safe. >> any word on the unaccounted for and how they will search for them? >> reporter: searching is difficult because people evacuated from the canyons, staying with friends and families, staying in hotels and around the evacuated area. they are optimistic that nobody has actually been hurt and people have gone off with family and haven't checked in but it's going to be difficult. these houses that have burned, it's just the foundation that's left. >> give us a heads up when th
,000. and the surprising detail, the deficit is down. the treasury department reports the u.s. is on track to record a $1.3 trillion deficit for the first fiscal year of president obama's presidency. 8% lower. that is 8% lower despite the stimulus spending than the 2009 deficit which included the last months of the bush presidency and reflected economic policy signed into law by the end of 2008 by president bush. house republican leader john boehner wants to increase that deficit by $700 billion over ten years by extending those bush tax cuts on income over a quarter million. but with bob schieffer, he even admitted 99% of small businesses will see no benefit from the cut and that 3% of what he calls small businesses make half the money. >> in a joint committee on taxation, which is a nonpartisan body, says that only 3% of the small business people you keep talking about all the small business people that are going to get taxed, only 3% would be affected by that, or do you quarrel with that figure? is that a right figure or a wrong figure? >> well, it may be 3%, but it's half of small business income bec
's operated as his father's pawn. he's accusing him of conning us to elect him president. what do you make of newt, howard? >> i've been covering newt for many years. he's a bomb thrower. he's a guy who knows the weak point to attack. what's interesting to me here is he feels free to say anything at this point. it's a kind of free fire zone within the conservative movement. and newt, who's always trying tu say the most outrageous thing and that goes back many, many years, now has moved from saying outrageous things about the ethics of the house members in the democratic leadership 15, 18 years ago, to saying these thin about a man that newt himself has no evidence for what he's alleging here.te he really has absolutely none. his facts are wrong. as mr. weigepointed out on his page and i'm just really not surprised, but kind of depressed by it. >> david, you covered this kind of spiritual territory. ideological territory. he's accusing as basically a zombie. saying his father hated the british white guys. his son is kind of a zombie like figure. in fact governed by a ghost. this is the kind
the country would say, "we're not there yet." if the election is about the policies that are going to move us forward versus the policies that will get us back into a mess, then i think the democrats will do very well. >> holman: one such policy is mr. obama's push to extend middle-class tax cuts, something he argued should garner bipartisan support. >> 97% of americans make less than $250,000 a year... $250,000 a year or less. and i'm saying we can give those families-- 97%-- permanent tax relief. now, that seems like a common- sense thing to do. and what i've got is the republicans holding middle-class tax relief hostage because they're insisting we've got to give tax relief to millionaires and billionaires to the tune of about $100,000 per millionaire, >> holman: on health care, the president was pressed about a government report showing health care costs on the rise. that, despite the passage of legislation aimed at bending down the cost curve. >> we didn't think that we were going to cover 30 million people for free, but that the long-term trend, in terms of how much the average family i
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